Team

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Neil Carlson

President

Neil has been with the family business since 1964, a business founded by Neil’s father, Otto Carlson. Over the 57-year leadership of the business, Neil grew the company from 35 employees and sales of $500,000 to a team of 350 with sales of more than $50 million. After the divestiture of a division of the business to New Flyer Group Inc. in 2017, the Carlson Group of Companies is now composed of three companies; Carlson Engineered Composites Inc., Carlson Commercial and Industrial Services Ltd., offering commercial painting and sandblasting; and Carlson Truck Outfitters, a leading installer of spray-in box liners and truck accessories.

Neil was the recipient of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Hall of Fame 2017. Among other roles, he is a past Chair of the Construction Labour Relation Council, Past Chair of the Trade Section - Winnipeg Construction Association and was awarded the Insignia of Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star Sweden. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Swedish Council of America and since 1980, has served as Honorary Consul of Sweden.


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Darcy Rubidge

VP Operations

Darcy started with Carlson in 2014 as an estimator, progressing from project manager/estimator to the Commercial Division Manager to becoming the VP of Operations in 2020. Darcy is currently serving as a director of the Manitoba Wall and Ceiling Association Inc. (MWCA). He also has a diploma in business admin. 

Darcy has a construction background starting from the ground up as a labourer in the drywall trade in 1990. His experience in construction and general contracting covers Western and Northern Canada as well as Northern Ontario. Notable high-profile projects include installations at the MTS data centre and the MB Hydro Bipole III project in Northern Manitoba.

Darcy has developed strategic business initiative to align Carlson’s commercial division with the engineered composites division by introducing structural fibreglass installations into the commercial division.


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Gene Walterson, CCT-C

Director of Composites

Gene joined Carlson in 2017 as the Director of Composites and maintains an ACMA - Certified Composites Technician designation with a strong focus on Corrosion (CCT-C).  Gene has over 7 years of experience in the composite industry and over 15 years of technical sales and account management experience working with manufacturers, contractors, engineers, dealers, and distributors for the commercial, industrial and agriculture markets.

Gene’s experience in advocating products for globally recognized manufacturers has presented him with the knowledge and understanding to support clients’ needs with innovative solutions to client challenges.  Gene recognizes that not only educating himself, but participating in the fabrication, inspection, safety, and quality assurance process undertaken at Carlson allows him to strengthen his technical capabilities and develop a relationship with Carlson stakeholders built on trust.

Through strategic alliance initiatives Gene has developed and cultivated, the Carlson network of suppliers allow Carlson to maintain a leadership role in the composites industry.  Gene has also aligned himself with a team that will not be surpassed by other manufacturers in the service and dedication Carlson provides its customers.


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Angus Cheung, P.Eng., PMP

Engineering & Quality Assurance Manager

Angus joined Carlson in 2020 with over 9-years of experience in composites design, analysis, and manufacturing. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) certified in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Angus is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Working closely with customers and stakeholders, Angus enjoys the design and manufacturing challenges that innovation brings. These challenges allow Angus to leverage his technical and project management expertise to provide value-added solutions.

Angus is also currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Asper School of Business. Angus is excited to leverage his business knowledge and acumen to develop business strategies for Carlson Engineered Composites.


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Charity Melanson, CCT

Production Supervisor

Charity joined Carlson in 2018 with over 14 years of experience with a variety of composite manufacturing skills, including her Certified Composites Technician certification (CCT). Charity comes from a long line of family members that have not only dedicated their time and hard work; but have excelled in making a positive impact on the composites industry.

As Production Supervisor, Charity focuses on a lead-by-example philosophy and believes in a hands-on approach as it compliments her ability to efficiently manage the plant floor. Charity also holds several other certifications (H2S Alive, Confined Space, etc.) and serves as one of the key members of the on-site repair and service team at Carlson. 

Charity’s passion for the composites industry allows her to connect with her subordinates in an authentic and mutually respectful manner, which in turn, yields a healthy and cohesive production environment.


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Rhys Fraser, NCSO, CM-Lean, GSC

Safety Manager

Rhys joined Carlson in 2019 as the Safety Manager of the Carlson Group of Companies and has since grown the safety culture within the organization to allow Carlson to become a leader in Health and Safety throughout our various industries. Originally from New Zealand, Rhys comes with a background of over 10 years experience in Occupational Health and Safety throughout the Construction and Manufacturing industries and holds his NCSO (National Construction Safety Officer), CM-LEAN Certification (Lean Construction) and GSC certified (Gold Seal), along with many other certifications and instructor qualifications. 

Rhys enjoys the ever-changing day-to-day and always prioritizes the health and safety of his employees. Rhys strives to educate employees on a daily basis and firmly believes that education must come before discipline. Rhys utilizes his skills and experience to work with clients, contractors, and employees in ensuring operations run as smoothly and safely as possible. Rhys continues to grow Carlson’s safety culture regardless of the challenges every day brings and is looking forward to the future as Carlson continues to develop and increase its operations.